Per Chance to Dream: Virtuoso Polls Travel Dreams

Dream trips

To travel is to dream and then the fulfillment of that dream. In fact, travel dreams are one of the few dreams we can actually make come true. To that end, Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel advisors, spent some time taking the pulse of dreamers and finding out who they are and what travel fantasies they are creating, so that travel counselors may be able to turn those aspirations into actualities.

The results of Virtuoso’s eighth annual Travel Dreams Survey show that wish-lists of the world’s best travelers reach far beyond the norm, with responses like “taking a world cruise” and “calling on all seven continents” serving as potential next trips for these upscale globetrotters.   Read more »

Hot and Cool Travel Packages: Here’s the Deal

Cheetah sanctuary Tanzania

Running with Cheetahs, Trekking with Gorillas in Africa

Extraordinary Journeys offers travelers to Tanzania and Rwanda a new itinerary that presents remote and personal access to top game-viewing areas, including Namiri Plains, a property set on a private concession in the Central-Eastern Serengeti that for twenty years operated as a private cheetah sanctuary.  Read more »

Best Places in the World for Swimming

Swimming Palau

Jump right in. The water’s fine this summer at some of the most amazing and least visited swimming destinations in the world. The following will help travelers who wish they were born with fins find the right body of water for some cool dips and bragworthy explorations. Read more »

Luxury in the Galapagos: Pikaia Now Open

luxury hotel galapagos

Mixing a luxury resort vacation with the pure and primeval world of the Galapagos Islands is now possible with the opening of Pikaia Lodge, a rarefied, sumptuous eco-stay opening this summer on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos.

The Lodge in the center of the Galapagos Archipelago is perched on a small plateau atop two extinct volcanic craters. And while everything about this lodge upholds the truths of reuse, recycling and reverence of natural surroundings, the lodge is a work of genius when it comes to comfort and luxury.  READ MORE ….

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Catering to Millennials

Millennials, more than older travelers, are likely to seek out hotels with luxury services such as dry cleaning (32%), massage or spa services (30%) and pet-friendliness (23%).

These are some of the findings of an insightful, though not so groundbreaking, study released recently by Chase Card Services.

“Millennials are a tech savvy generation that values social connections, convenience and opportunities to indulge in luxuries,” said Sisy Vicente, general manager, Chase Card Services. “This is a generation of travelers that clearly sees the benefit of travel rewards, such as those that come with Elite status in reward programs.” Read more »

Top 10 Attractions for Tourism Space Race

Air and space museum

Travel to outer space is in. A recent poll by TripAdvisor showed, not surprisingly, that nealy half the U.S. population is interested in space themed attractions, if not space travel someday, and try to include space themed attractions in their travel plans.

To that end, 10 space-themed attractions in the U.S. were tabbed as the ones to visit if sky it the limit. A space tourism survey of more than 2,200 U.S. respondents was executed as the 45th anniversary of the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing approaches, The allure of extraterrestrial travel lives on as 49 percent of respondents said they are interested in space tourism. Seventy percent said that historical events such as the 1969 moon landing spurred their interest in going to space. Read more »

Whale of Asia: Star Cruises Grows Some Girth

Cruise line in Asia

By Bill Becken, Senior Cruise Editor

Hong Kong-based Genting HK is certainly an up and coming travel conglomerate. Its Star Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) brands together form the third-largest cruise concern in the world—comprising a fleet of 20 ships cruising to more than 200 destinations. That means they offer nearly 42,000 lower berths to the global cruise market, and mostly in Asia. Star Cruises’ rapid rise leaves little doubt that an Asian firm based in Asia can at least approximate the success of the two global cruise market leaders, Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Naturally, then, says William Ng, chief operating officer, during 2014-2015, Star Cruises will continue to upgrade its fleet, expand itineraries and otherwise develop its potential: “identifying opportunities, within our core competencies and capabilities, to drive our cruise business,” he says. Currently, Star Cruises is the Asia giant with luxury cruises that sail to ports in Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Read more »